As co-chair of the labor and employment group, Matt provides legal counsel and litigation services on a broad range of employment law issues. His employment practice includes compliance counseling, employment discrimination litigation, drafting and enforcement of employment agreements and restrictive covenants, internal investigations, and employment-related mediations.
Matt also works closely with the firm’s Government Law Group in defending Delaware State agencies and municipalities in high-profile litigation. Most recently, he assisted in successfully defending the City of Rehoboth Beach in a voting rights challenge to a referendum election that authorized a $52 million bond issuance for the construction of a new municipal building and ocean outfall project. The City’s referendum was upheld by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Nichols v. The City of Rehoboth Beach, 836 F.3d 275 (3d Cir. 2016). Previously, Matt was part of the team that successfully defended the State of Delaware before the United States Supreme Court in an original jurisdiction action brought by New Jersey that challenged Delaware’s sovereignty over the Delaware River within its historic Twelve-Mile Circle. New Jersey v. Delaware, 552 U.S. 597 (2008).
Drawing on his prior service with the Delaware Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel and the Board of Bar Examiners, Matt also represents attorneys, physicians, social workers, and other professionals in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. He also provides opinions on legal ethics issues and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs on legal ethics.
Since 2008, Matt has served as a special master by appointment of the Delaware Superior Court in cases pending in its Complex Commercial Litigation Division as well as in its busy asbestos personal injury litigation docket. In that capacity, he resolves non-dispositive motions and assists the Court with jury selection. See, e.g., In re Asbestos Litig., 2016 WL 7404547 (Del. Super. Ct. Oct. 17, 2016) (granting motion to quash certain jurisdictional discovery).
Matt is commended in Chambers and Partners USA for being a lawyer of "real pedigree" whose "intellectual and analytical skills are top notch." He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for employment law since 2011 and in 2018 he earned the "Lawyer of the Year" designation for ethics and professional responsibility law, Delaware. Matt was identified in Super Lawyers and Delaware Today's Top Lawyers for employment law.
Matt is an active member of the Rodney Inn of Court and has served on the boards of several charitable organizations, including (currently) the St. Thomas More Society and Sacred Heart Village II, which provides permanent affordable housing for seniors in Wilmington.